General Pronunciation Training

General Pronunciation Training Is About Clarity, Fluency And Confidence

You need general pronunciation training if you answer "yes" to any of the following questions: Embarrassed with your English pronunciation when speaking in social situations, meetings, discussions or presentations? Got a thick accent people find hard to understand? Think you speak English well but still sound like a robot? Still need to ask native speakers of English to repeat what they say to you because they speak too fast for you?

Course benefits

  • Reduces or eliminates your accent
  • Builds confidence in speaking English
  • Improves fluency and speed
  • Improves listening and understanding of natural English
  • Provides great tips for solving difficult pronunciation problems
  • Teaches the features of the sound system of the English language
  • One-on-one pronunciation coaching
  • Moodle access for self-study materials
  • Great email support
  • Convenient comfortable online learning
General Pronunciation benefits

What You Learn

  • The 44 sounds of English: fix your pronunciation problems with consonants and vowels sounds.
  • The schwa sound: speak native-like English
  • Word stress: speak English with rhythm
  • Connected speech: connect the words to sound more fluent and speak faster
  • Sentence stress and pitch: speak English more naturally with emotions not like a robot
  • Tutorials on all features of native English on YouTube and Moodle

Pronunciation matters because the way you sound does!

Sessions 1-10

SessionAreaTarget
Session 1Pronunciation FoundationConsonants, vowels, word stress, schwa sound, connected speech, sentence stress and pitch
Session 2Voicemail message 1Review day 1 - Features of native English
Session 3Voicemail message 2 + Interactive activityReview day 2 -Features of native English 2
Session 4Dialogue (informal English)Review day 3 - Connected speech, sentence stress and pitch
Session 5Interactive activitiesReview day 4 - Vowel + r (American and non-American vowel + r)
Session 6Common structures & speaking functionsReview day 5 - Connected speech and pitch
Session 7Giving adviceReview day 6 - /w/ in "would", linking /d/ or /t̬/ with a vowel, sentence stress
Session 8Imagining and hypothesizingReview day 7 - /w/ in "would", linking /d/ or /t̬/ with a vowel, sentence stress
Session 9Regret and conclusions in the pastReview day 8 - contractions, weak forms, schwa sound, connected speech and stress
Session 10Final Assessment FeedbackPractice all features and discuss errors and suggestions

Pronunciation and Fluency Assessment Scale

Intelligibility/Fluency ScaleError Frequency/ImpactPause Frequency/Duration
Native-Like (L1 Influence Undetected)0%0%
Near Native-Like (L1 Influence-detected)1-19%1-19%
Advanced20-39%20-39%
Reasonable40-59%40-59%
Limited60-79%60-79%
Poor80-100%80-100%

Error Frequency/impactError frequency is the recurrence rate of a pronunciation error. A pronunciation error occurs when a phoneme (sound) has been omitted, added or substituted for another. It is labelled as an error because it causes a certain degree of disruption or discomfort during communication. Disruptions to oral communication are not necessarily only related to intelligibility. Disruptions may also occur when listeners are required to make an additional effort to understand speech.
Pause Frequency/durationPause frequency is the recurrence rate of pauses or silences throughout a spoken text. Pauses that are unnecessary or unjustified are reflective of the speaker's fluency. Unnecessary pauses normally result from failure to produce a phrase or sentence as one stream of sounds. Pause duration is a further indication of the speaker's inability to produce the sounds of the language. It helps the examiner to determine the extent to which the speaker's L2 (English) is influenced by the L1 (first language).